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All good things must come to an end, including High Mayhem’s long-running, often radical, and always provocative annual fall music series. For its final hurrah (before focusing on other artistic programming), the boundary-pushing arts collective hosts four consecutive Saturdays of music, beginning on Nov. 1 and running through Nov. 22. Just as it would be nearly impossible to list all the artists who have passed through the doors of High Mayhem, it is hard to narrow down highlights from this year’s impressive list of performers. Each concert features four or moore local and touring musical acts, with at least one High Mayhem staple, including Ink on Paper (Nov. 1), We Drew Lightning (Nov. 8), The Proxemics (Nov. 15), and Cloacas (Nov. 22). Doors open at 7 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. show each night; the suggested donation is $10. High Mayhem Emerging Arts Studio is at 2811 Siler Lane. More details, including a streaming link for all shows, are available at www.highmayhem.org. — Loren Bienvenu When it’s not showing movies, the Jean Cocteau Cinema (418 Montezuma Ave.) doubles as a hotbed of telepathy, prestidigitation, necromancy, conjuration, thaumaturgy, clairsentience, and other sorts of hocus-pocus. This season of spookery features a return visit from magician Misty Lee, the first woman to gain a staff appointment as séance medium in the Houdini room of the legendary Magic Castle in Los Angeles. Her Santa Fe performance, which is based on the show she performs in Los Angeles, threads together elements from Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.” Expect audience participation, levitation, and an orangutan, and feel free to wear a costume. Performances take place on Friday, Oct. 31, at 6:20 p.m., and Sat., Nov. 1, at 2 p. m. and 8: 30 p. m. Tickets ($ 20 with discounts available) can be purchased at www.jeancocteaucinemacom or by calling 505-466-5528. — J.M.K.